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Marriage is hard, and parenting adds its own challenges and strains. But when your marriage includes a third parent, things get incredibly messy and complicated. The third person in my marriage is my husband’s ex-wife. Our lives are forever intertwined...
Man, do the small things pile up. One negative comment. One extra project. One shortened deadline. One tummy ache. One stupid argument. One unexpected bill. One broken nail. One ‘Out of Order’ sign. One longer line. One more red light. Sure,...
They say it takes a village to raise a child, but what happens when those you love the most aren’t there for you? What happens when those you love choose addiction over their own grandchild? How is it possible...
For the most part, our two-mom family looks like other families. We work, the kids go to school, there are endless after-school activities and battles over homework. Thanks to marriage equality, TV shows like Modern Family, and a generally...
I think we all go through phases of life where we feel...stuck.  I have been stuck many times in relationships and situations that are ruled by uncertainty and anxiety, knowing full well that I needed to grow up and move...
I'm going to be brutally honest. I hate my life. I hate that I live alone. I hate that I have an ex-husband who argues with me all the time. I hate parenting by myself and I hate that I...
I didn't realize it at the time, but my dad wasn't like the stereotypical 80's-90's dad. When I was really young, my father worked first shift and my mother worked second or third. This helped them save a lot...

Sometimes We Fight

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Sometimes we fight. Like really fight. We have blow-ups packed with shouting and lots of my tears. In the heat of the moment, embracing anger can be so satisfying and empowering. It's so easy to slam doors and stew in...

I am a Hyphenated Mama

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I was at the doctor recently and was being asked the typical "prove your identity" questions. The nurse asked me to spell my last name. “DWYER-OLSON” I dutifully replied. To which she snidely said, “how do you spell hyphen?” Since...
Your kid is suspended from school. "Knee deep in laundry" is no longer figurative. Cue the husband walking in the door,  rescuing you from the chaos and helping the kids with homework, finishing up dinner & getting the bedtime...

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A Milwaukee Family’s Guide to March Events

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If you are looking for a guide to keep you and your family entertained this month, we have got you covered! MkeMom's Top Pick for...

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